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By Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty

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Dance The Cachucha

Why We Dance The Cachucha

by: Jean T. Cooper

In July 1966, the Pultneyville Civic Light Opera Company performed Gilbert & Sullivan’s Gondoliers for the first time. The show was set in Venice and in the Court of Barataria on a Spanish Island. The celebration scene and the finale included a number called Dance a Cachucha (referring to the several Spanish folk dances and Spanishy wines), which was choreagraphed by Barbara Bissell of Sodus. It delighted audiences and brought them to their feet each night, demanding an encore.
The following summer, PCLOC performed Princess Ida which, by comparison had a very weak second act finale. During “downtime” at Cinelli’s after a Friday night rehearsal, Coop and company mused, “Wouldn’t it be great if we had a number like the Cachucha?” Later that same night, it was decided that they would try dancing and singing the finale from the previous year’s show at Sunday’s rehearsal. It worked, Since 1967, the Cachucha has closed each G&S operetta, and audiences have come to anticipate the toe-tapping number. This is how traditions are born…and passed on.
DANCE A CACHUCHA
Dance a Cachucha, Fandango, Bolero
Xeres, we’ll drink Manzanilla, Montero
Wine when it runs in abundance enhances
The reckless delight of the that wildest of dances
(Women) To the pretty pitter, pitter, patter
And the clitter, clitter, clitter clatter
Pitter, pitter, patter, Pitter pitter, patter
Clitter, clitter, clatter, Clitter, clitter, clatter (Men) To the pretty pitter, pitter, patter
And the clitter, clitter, clitter clatter(Both) Pitter, pitter, pitter
Patter, patter, patter, pat-ter
We’ll dance
Oh, Xeres we’ll drink Manzanilla, Montero
For wine when it runs in abundance,
Enhances the reckless delight of that wildest of dances
That wildest of dances, the reckless delight….
Dance a Cachucha, Fandango, Bolero,
Xeres, we’ll drink Manzanilla, Montero
Wine when it runs in abundance
Enhances the reckless delight of that wildest of da-an-ces

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